Japanese currency

The Japanese currency is the yen, and the exchange rate is approximately ¥97 = $1.  Find out the up to the minute Japanese currency exchange rates at xe.com Currency Exchange.

Japan sample prices

It’s important to budget for your trip so you don’t run out of money, and can get the most of out your Japan trip!  Here are some sample prices to help you:

  • Sushi from a conveyor belt sushi shop = ¥100 - ¥120 per plate
  • 500 ml bottle of Sake = from ¥1,000
  • Karaoke = ¥600
  • Sumo (2nd floor, Section C, reserved seat) = ¥3,600
  • Average room prices = cheaper rooms are in the range of ¥2,000-3,600, mid-range from ¥3,600-7,600 and for somewhere top-notch you’re looking at paying between ¥7,600-20,000.
  • Average meal prices = you can score a cheap meal for ¥550 – 900, a nice restaurant for ¥900-2,800 and at the higher end you’re looking at paying ¥2,800 and beyond.

These prices are in Japanese yen, are correct as of 03/25/09 and are subject to change.


Tipping is not customary in Japan but a service charge on your bill is becoming more common in better restaurants and western-style hotels.


Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.  All major credit cards are acceptable at major establishments, but if you’re heading out of the big cities its best to get hold of some cash beforehand.  Travelers checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns) and stores in major cities.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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